General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean - GFCM


High-level keynote speakers opened each thematic panel.

Manuel Barange

Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division of FAO (FIA)

Professor Manuel Barange is Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization, and an Honorary Professor at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK. Until May 2016 he was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Science at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK. From 2010-2013 he was Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES., and from 1999-2010 he was Director of the International Project Office of the IOC-SCOR-IGBP core project GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics). Manuel's expertise includes a broad range of oceanography, marine biology and fisheries oceanography and management topics. In recent years, he has increasingly focused his research on the impacts of climate change and economic globalization on marine-based commodities, and on the interactions between natural and social sciences in fisheries, ecosystems and climate change, in the developed and developing world. Manuel was awarded the 2010 UNESCO-IOC Roger Revelle Medal for his accomplishments and contributions to ocean science. Manuel has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and has edited books on "Climate Change and the Economics of the World's Fisheries" (Elgar Publishers) and "Marine Ecosystems and Global Change" (Oxford University Press).

Anne Christine Brussendorff

General Secretary, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

Anne Christine Brusendorff has been working as the General Secretary of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) in Copenhagen, Denmark since 2012. During her term she has been promoting integrated ecosystem understanding, with the aim to develop integrated ecosystem assessments in regional seas. This requires a strong connection between data and information, science and advice, and as the head of the Secretariat she has been working to facilitate the communication within the organization, as well as engaging with external partners to fulfil the objectives of ICES Strategic Plan 2014-2018. Currently she is contributing to the development of further linking ICES activities to relevant processes to ensure the data, science, and advisory outputs are contributing effectively to the knowledge base used for ocean governance. Before joining ICES Secretariat, Brusendorff spent 14 years working for the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) in Helsinki, Finland. There, she led the organization as Executive Secretary, but also served as Deputy Executive Secretary and Professional Secretary (in maritime matters). Before moving to Finland, Brusendorff was the Head of Section at the Danish Ministry of Environment and Energy, Danish Environmental Protection Agency. Brusendorff studied maritime and environmental law at the University of Copenhagen and London School of Economics and Political Science, before completing her PhD in International Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law at the University of Copenhagen.

Lasse Gustavsson

Executive Director Europe, Oceana

Lasse is passionate about the oceans and has a lifetime commitment to sustainable development and social change. With almost 3 decades of leadership experience in Greenpeace, WWF and Traffic Lasse now serves as Executive Director for Oceana in Europe. He has led international organisations, programmes and campaigns, developed partnerships with business, run constructive political lobbying efforts as well as led conservation programmes in the field. He always gives great priority to impact on the ground. Lasse has his academic training in International Relations, Human Ecology and Development Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Oceana is the world’s largest marine organization working exclusively to protect and restore the Wold’s oceans. With the motto ‘Save the Oceans, Feed the world’ Oceana seeks to restore ocean abundance by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world's marine life.

Keith Brander

Emeritus Scientist, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Keith Brander has worked on fisheries, marine ecosystems and climate impacts in the UK and Denmark as well as advising on marine policy at international level (including FAO, EU, IPCC and ICES). His recent work has been mainly on climate impacts on marine ecosystems and fisheries – how do we measure and monitor changes in fish stocks, marine biodiversity and distribution and how do we attribute the causes of change correctly in order to advise on appropriate management and adaptation? He strongly believes in taking a broad, interdisciplinary approach to management issues and in fully evaluating the risks and uncertainties when scientific models are used to project future expectations. Dr Brander has an emeritus position at DTU Aqua in Denmark and continues to research, write and teach in his spare time.

Ernesto Penas Lado

Senior adviser, DG MARE

Mr Penas Lado is originally from Spain where he obtained a diploma in Biological Sciences delivered by the University of Alcala of Madrid. Later he did a PhD in marine ecosystem modelling in the USA. His career at the European Commission / Directorate-General for Fisheries began in 1986 but he took a three-year-break to complete his functions of Director General for Fisheries and Aquaculture for the Galician Regional Government in Spain. Back to the European Commission / Directorate-General from Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, he was responsible for different horizons like the negotiations in the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, then he occupied the post of Head of the Unit "Conservation Policy", and finally "Common fisheries policy and aquaculture". In 2009, he was appointed Director of the Directorate "Baltic Sea, North Sea and Landlocked Member States" and from mid-2010 he has been occupying the post of Director in the Directorate MARE-A "Policy Development and Co-ordination" In this capacity, he has been responsible for the recent reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. From September 2016 till June 2017, he has been visiting faculty of Washington in Seattle. From June 2017, he becomes Principal Adviser to the Director-General of DG MARE.

Vladmir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO

Dr Ryabinin, the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, is an oceanographer, climatologist, and marine engineer. Previously he worked as a scientist and head of a laboratory at the Hydrometcentre of Russia, a lecturer at the Moscow State University, the Executive Director of the International Ocean Institute, and senior officer of the World Climate Research Programme. His own scientific research has focussed on turbulence, ocean thermocline and its variability, physical processes of relevance for weather prediction, numerical mathematics, ice processes, shelf engineering, marine prediction, and wind-wave modelling. He contributed to international coordination of climate research related to polar matters, ocean, cryosphere, sea-level, stratospheric processes, atmospheric chemistry, and climate services. Dr Ryabinin has been a part of the design teams for the following major research and development initiatives: USSR numerical medium-range (weekly) weather prediction system, Russian Federal Program “World Ocean”, national marine prediction and services system, Global Ocean Observing System, Joint Technical Commission of IOC and World Meteorological Organization for oceanography and marine Meteorology, International Polar Year, and UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).